Larry Gregersen knows how to pick his spots.
Bowling duckpins since age 8, the Westminster resident carries a 140-plus average.
Last month, at Westminster, he picked the right time and place for a big game: Bowling in the $15,000 Duckpin Classic qualifying event, he fired a 210 game.
Bowling in two leagues, the Sunday Night Mixed and the Monday Triples at Thunderhead Westminster, he has a career high of 221. His high three-game figure (575) broke the house record at Thunderhead Taneytown.
PBA standout Mark Roth has said, "This game is 90 percent mental."
Some tenpin bowlers think that figure might be low.
Certainly, after you've mastered the mechanical aspects of the game, the mental part becomes extremely important.
Ask Chris Raver.
L The 25-year-old has been throwing a tenpin ball since age 8.
"I'm bowling in just one league [Sunday Night Mixed at Hampstead Lanes]," he said. "And I haven't had a coach since I was in the youth leagues, and I don't feel like I'm doing anything different."
He has a 178 average and a career high set of 612.
Last Sunday night at Hampstead, he had two passable games; his first of the three-game set was 176, the last was 154. But the one in the middle was a little bit better.
"I guess I was concentrating more," Raver said.
He opened the game with two strikes, made a spare and then rolled seven strikes in a row for a 269 game.
Time for a change
Joey Riddle has been bowling tenpins for 12-14 years and knows how important the right equipment is.
Averaging 196, he has a career-high set of 713, thrown at Hampstead Lanes last season with a Blue Phantom ball.
On Dec. 6, in the Tuesday Men's league at Hampstead, he has having a bad night.
"The first two games were lousy," he said. "Games of 139 and 149 back-to-back are enough to make you quit."
Instead of quitting, Riddle tried someone else's bowling ball.
"George Montour is on my team," Riddle said. "He gave me a ball he didn't like a whole lot."
Montour will never get it back.
Riddle took the Power Torq and used it for his final game of the night.
The result: Riddle opened with six strikes in a row and finished with a 262 game.
"I had to put a lot of tape in the thumb hole so it would fit me," he said. "Then I had the thumb hole plugged and redrilled."
And then he bowled on Sunday night and shot a 628 series.
After a one-year hiatus the PBA Tour returns to Baltimore in 1995 for the Greater Baltimore Open at Country Club Lanes, which will run Feb. 26-March 4.
Pro-am squads are scheduled for Feb. 26-28 for adults and youth bowlers.
Information and reservations: (410) 686-2556.